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The East Mountain Trail offers excellent views of the surrounding area as well as Globe and Miami. The trail is relatively level along a ridge through a forest of Ponderosa pine and mixed conifer.

From the Pioneer Pass Trailhead, the trail goes east, drops and crosses the creek, then climbs for the first 1,000 feet while following and old jeep road along a fence line. Where the road ends Trail #214 turns northeast and begins a long gradual climb up to a saddle, then levels off as it follows a contour along the east side of the next peak. The trail enters an area of down trees damaged by strong winds called Dead Tree Saddle, follows along the ridge, then along the west face of East Mountain. At mile 2.1 the trail starts down the west side of the peak along a series of switch backs, passing Bear Paw Spring, Finally descending back down to Pinal Creek. At mile 3.7 the trail junctions with the Toll road Trail #200 heading north. Continue east on Trail #214 for a short distance to the end at Forest Road 112.

Directions: From Globe, Travel south on Forest Route 112 for about eight miles to the Lower East Mountain Trailhead.

Elevation: 5,560 feet

Elevation Gain: 560 feet

Distance: 4 miles

Usage: Light

Difficulty: Strenuous

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Tonto National Forest, Arizona

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